Who's Still Grilling?

I'm seeing fall decorations and pumpkin recipes everywhere!  Even though autumn is my favorite time of the year, I'm not just ready to give in to breaking out my cardigans just yet with all of the 100 degree weather we are still having in Austin. 

With hot summer weather still looming about, it still has me craving anything and everything to do with grilling!  I was excited to be asked by Man Crates to share some of my grilling must-haves with you.

Back the truck up.
Man Crates?

Yes, I said Man Crates.  But, Amy (you ask)?!  You are a girly girly at heart and so is your blog!  Why in the world are you talking about manly stuff?  (Like how I just made up a conversation between you and I?)

Two reasons...
1.  I am surrounded by 1 man and 3 boys who are going to grow up to be men.  Duh!
2.  Who isn't a sucker by complete genius packaging???  Everything they ship comes in a legit crate.  With a crowbar.  Like I said.  Legit!  What man (or boys) wouldn't love that?

They've created these gift crates that are pretty smart and perfect for any man.

Okay, back to grilling!

Here are some of my must haves for a great cookout...

We've tried every flavor under the sun and you can't go wrong with any of them!

No matter if you are grilling up some marinated chicken or a spiced rubbed steak, this salad goes perfect with anything!  

These 16" ones are perfect!

Hands down this is my family's favorite bottle marinade!  
We discovered it years ago and always have a bottle in the fridge.  
It's especially good on kielbasas!  

Vegetables are sooooo delectable grilled and putting them in a grill basket 
just makes it all that much easier to flip and cook.  
Especially bacon wrapped asparagus. 
Oh yes! 

So, who's still grilling?  We've got a about 6 more weeks of perfect grill weather so that means 6 more weeks of fabulous meals!

{I was not paid or compensated in any form for this post.}


Be A Hero (or Super Mom!) This Back To School Season + A GIVEAWAY!!!

As a mom of three young boys, there is always a lot of activity going on.  And when I say activity, I mean LOUD, playful, imaginative (sometimes destructive) activity!  It usual includes them pretending to be super heroes, spies or pirates.

With the playing also comes super hungry appetites.  It amazes me sometimes how much they eat and I know it's only going to increase when those teenager years hit!  Coming up with healthy snack ideas can be daunting, but it's one job that I take seriously. 

I'm a little giddy to be partnering up with Pirate's Booty and their limited edition themed mulitpack featuring Marvel's Avengers characters.  Hello!?!  How awesome is that?

I'll admit that I'm pretty late to the game with Pirate's Booty.  I just discovered it a few months back and my boys (and I) love it.  Here's the scoop if you're not familiar with it either...
Pirate’s Booty Aged White Cheddar is a deliciously baked snack made from puffed rice corn and blended with real aged white cheddar cheese.  Pirate’s Booty is made without artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.  Pirate’s Booty has half the fat and fewer calories than regular fried potato chips, so it is a snack that kids and parents agree on.  Additionally, it is gluten, peanut and tree nut free and has zero grams of trans fat per serving.

Talk about a guilt free kids snack!  When the box came to the door my boys were curious and totally flipped when they saw what was inside. 


Here We Go Again

Oh boy!  Summer vacation is over and school is in session!  I still can't believe it.

It's back to actually setting my alarm and resisting the urge to push snooze 7 times...which I failed at miserably this morning.  I had huge plans I would arise early, shower, get ready, wake up the kids, make breakfast, ready scriptures, pack Liam's lunch, get all the boys dressed and ready, take glorious 'first day' pictures and be 10 minutes early to school. 

Reality is...I pushed my snooze one too many times (I mean, who really needs a shower first thing in the morning?), brushed my hair into a ponytail, Liam woke himself up (he was super excited!), fed him breakfast (brownie points to me for making his special pancakes the night before!), packed his lunch (forgot to add a special note), got him dressed/hair done, scrambled to find our traditional chalkboard sign, quickly took 'first day' pics, woke up the other boys (who, for the first time ALL summer decided to sleep in!!!) threw them in the double stroller with complete bedhead and pajamas, handed them each a chocolate chip cookie (horrible, I know!), tried to book it up hill with said 90 pound double stroller and ended up at school as the first bell was ringing.  YIKES!!!

The whole morning may have been totally hectic, but Liam had the biggest grin on his face the entire time!  I absolutely love that he loves school.  We are both excited for his new teacher, who happens to have our same last name, and just thrilled we have a wonderful school that is just down the street.

 I just love that sleepy face of his! 
I just can't handle how handsome this boy is. 
This a poorly composed picture, but I am in love with his shadow!  
He is ready to conquer the world! 

Here's to a marvelous school year!

Oh, and by the way...check back tomorrow for details on a little back to school GIVEAWAY I've got going on! 


Pepperoni Pizza

Near the top of the list of foods that I crave is pizza.  I don't know if it's the gooey melted cheese that I love most, or just the whole combo of a perfect crust and saucy sauce to go along with it.

My perfect pizza has pepperoni, Canadian bacon, black olives and mushrooms sprinkled over the top.  But, with having little kids who can be picky sometimes, classic pepperoni is usually what we make around here.  I'd love to hear what your ideal pizza is!  Definitely comment so I can get some variety in for the Mr. and me!
Pepperoni Pizza | My Name Is Snickerdoodle


It Just Whizzed By

Only a few days left.
And some of you have already started school! 

I'll be honest.  By the second day into summer, I was ready for it to be over!  My boys were now trying to figure out the whole top dog gig and everyone was just butting heads.  By day four I figured it out and just wore them out at the pool! 
Here's a run down of how our summer went...


French Bread

I have a really hard time resisting any bread.  Let me clarify...any right-out-of-the-oven, warm bread that I can slather in butter!  AND the smell of baking bread just brings happiness to my home.  I wonder what it is that makes it so comforting.  Whatever it is, I sure do enjoy baking it!


Vitamix OR Kitchen Aid Mixer GIVEAWAY!

Vitamix or Kitchen Aid Giveaway

Yesterday I shared with you that I am one of the 10 fabulous members of the
Smart School House Team of Contributors!
We have been keeping this amazing giveaway a secret but
we FINALLY get to kick it off and I'm so excited share it with you today! 
Have you been wanting a Vitamix? (Um, yes please!)
Or, have you been dreaming about owning a gorgeous Kitchen Aid?  (I know I absolutely love mine!) 
Today is your lucky day!
Win a Vitamix or Win a Kitchen Aid Mixer! The winner picks their prize! Which would you choose? Ends Sept. 15, 2014


Smart School House Rocks!

There is a first time for everything, right?  Sometimes you have to put yourself out there to experience those firsts and that's just what I've done recently.

I'm thrilled to be a part of a contributor-ship for Smart School House!!!  Like, beyond thrilled!
I mean...check out the team I get to be a part of HERE!
And what is not to love about Kelly?  She truly (and always) has great content, fab photos and seriously some dedicated love for what she does.

Soooo, that brings me to today and my very first guest post.  Like always I love to share a great recipe and couldn't resist sharing my all time favorite Salsa.  Check it out here and I'd love it if you left a comment!

I've also left you with some links below to some of my recipes that pair up nicely with this salsa recipe. 
I know, I know. 
All you really need are some tortilla chips, but it's nice to mix it up once in a while!   

Sweet and Spicy Pork Burritos
Beef Soft Tacos
Sweet Chicken Tacos
Mexican Pollo Spud
Chicken Mushroom and Bacon Quesadilla